We believe that working in an environmentally sustainable way is simply good business practice. We take our responsibility to the natural world seriously, and continually strive to reduce our impact on the environment throughout our processes.
When the opportunity to build our very own factory in Cambodia from scratch presented itself in 2013, Pactics has embraced this with both hands. A firm and strong belief that good wages, worker empowerment, a safe and inviting workplace and focus on sustainability are the only way forward, forms the fundament of the Pactics organization. Corporate Social Responsibility is in the DNA of the organization. To be able to build our own factory with a working environment that reflects exactly those beliefs has been the chance of a lifetime. And we even went further by bringing the factory to the people. The decision to build the factory in Siem Reap ensures our people stay in their social structures, they can build a normal family life and we can support the wider community surrounding our employees.
The Factory Buildings
The factory is designed to work in harmony with the local climate and surrounding environment, as well as with the welfare of our people. Stuart Cochlin, a British architect living in Cambodia already for many years has designed the factory buildings. Pactics’ beliefs in combination with his knowledge of the Cambodian culture, climate and nature have all been incorporated in the design of the buildings.
Keep Cool in a hot climate
Cochlin’s innovative design achieves a factory floor that is cool and comfortable. The complex is designed with 4 smaller buildings (300qm – 800qm) around a courtyard. The leafy, breezy courtyards encourage ventilation. High roofs, tilted to the south and isolated reflect the sunlight. The high windows are north facing, allowing the cooler air to flow in. The size of each building in combination with the lower windows provide a natural cross ventilation.
We use rainwater for flushing the toilets. We have designed ‘waterworks’ that allow us to collect rainwater in the rainy season (and at the same time avoid flooding) and store this water for future use.
The huge skylights and windows allow for daylight harvesting. It allows us to work allowwithout electric light during day time.
The 120 solar panels covering the bike park area provide an average of 850 kWh per month, allowing for around 15% of our electricity need.
Our generator and our company truck run on biodiesel from cooking oil provided by local restaurants.
We understand the materials we work with, and the impact our work has on the world around us. We have partnered in a project with the University of Amsterdam to perform a life cycle assessment of our most used fabrics. The outcome showed that microfiber made from recycled PET has the least impact on the environment. In addition, we have done a second project on waste management. Such research makes us better able to actively minimize our environmental impact, as well as better equipped to advise our partners on the environmental aspects of the products we manufacture for them.
We work with our partners to meet their practical and creative needs in a way that produces the least amount of waste fabric, and use the most environmentally-friendly inks available during our printing processes.